• Press Releases 2019

    The CCAC Public Relations office, a part of Institutional Advancement, provides up-to-date information and news reports about the college and serves as a liaison between the college and the media.

    To that end, we maintain an archive of recent press releases. You can read press releases from the current year by clicking the links below, or click the links to the left to view press releases from past years. You can also access media coverage of the college by viewing CCAC in the News.

  • August 2019

    The Community College of Allegheny County's Nursing program will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its first graduating class in 1969 with a fundraising brunch on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. The event, held in conjunction with the CCAC Educational Foundation, will take place in the Auditorium lobby of the Foerster Student Services Center on Allegheny Campus from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Alumni and faculty from all 50 years of the program are invited. Graduates of the first class will be honored and will receive a commemorative gift.

    The Community College of Allegheny County's Allegheny Campus recently hosted a day-long educational camp that taught students entering sixth through eighth grades all about biology. In the Biology Bootcamp, students engaged in fun hands-on learning activities to stimulate their interest in the science.

    Philip A. Dawson of the North Side, a recent graduate of the Community College of Allegheny County's Court Reporting program, is the top winner of the 2019 CASE (Council on Approved Student Education) Student Scholarship. The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) chose the awardees based on their winning entries in an essay writing contest.

    July 2019

    The Community College of Allegheny County Workforce Development Division is proud to announce its partnership with United Mine Workers of America Career Centers, Inc. (UMWACC). Together, CCAC and UMWACC will train incumbent and dislocated workers in advanced manufacturing and mechatronics at the UMWACC Ruff Creek Campus located in Prosperity, Greene County.

    The Community College of Allegheny County has been named a 2019 Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges award winner. Now in its fifth year, the national recognition celebrates two-year community and technical college workplaces that are vibrant, diverse, supportive and marked by a deep commitment to staff work-life balance, professional development and inclusive excellence.

    The Community College of Allegheny County is offering a Hospitality Operations Management Associate Degree program that is now 100 percent online. Students can complete the degree in as little as two years, and online classes offer the benefit of a flexible schedule that enables students or professionals to further their educational goals on their own time.

    Dr. Evon Walters, CCAC's interim Northwest Campus president, has been appointed by the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to serve a three-year term on AACC's Commission on Student Success.

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    The Community College of Allegheny County South Campus Theatre will present “Othello” at 7:00 p.m. on August 9, 10, 11, 16 and 17. Food for Groundlings, a classical theatre company dedicated to the education, exposure and revitalization of Shakespeare in the Pittsburgh region, returns to the CCAC South Campus stage with a sprawling production of Shakespeare’s potent and poetic tragedy.

    PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County is providing a tuition-free certificate program that leads to family-sustaining jobs in the growing plastics manufacturing industry in Western Pennsylvania. CCAC's Plastics Manufacturing Technology Certificate program includes full scholarships that cover tuition, fees and books. Students will earn an industry-recognized certification and receive hands-on experience as well as a paid six-week internship.

    After an extensive search, the Educational Foundation of the Community College of Allegheny County has selected Jamie McMahon as its new chief executive officer. He will replace Rose Ann DiCola following her retirement in July. DiCola has served as CEO of the foundation since 2002.

    The Community College of Allegheny County Boyce Campus Baseball team had its best season ever this year, with a final tally of 21 wins and 12 losses. After a rocky start, the team rebounded and took the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference title for the second year in a row and reached the Region XX championship game for the first time, coming close to winning in the ninth inning.

    June 2019

    A class of 13 students recently received certificates in the evening Welding Technology program at the Venango Technology Center (VTC) in Oil City, Pa. The program was coordinated among VTC, the Keystone Community Education Council (KCEC) and the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC).

    Hollis Laird, a student in the Community College of Allegheny County Nursing program at Allegheny Campus, has been invited to present a poster on her abstract, "Postpartum Treatment for Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Among Women in Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder" at the upcoming 2019 Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology (IDSOG) Annual Meeting.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will host Open Houses at eight of its locations on Wednesday, July 17, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This free event welcomes all prospective students, their family members and friends.

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    Kimberly Reed of Ross Township, a student in the Community College of Allegheny County's Medical Assistant program at South Campus, was awarded the Jacqueline P. Fehling Memorial Scholarship last month during the Pennsylvania Society of Medical Assistants State Conference held in Johnstown, Pa. Reed, who just completed the certificate program, was the only student in the state to receive the award, which included a $500 scholarship for training in the field.

    Photo 1: Shaking hands upon the signing of the articulation agreement are (at left) Dr. Chaden Djalali, executive vice president and provost, Ohio University and Dr. Stuart Blacklaw, provost and executive vice president, Community College of Allegheny County.

    CCAC and Ohio University have entered into a collaborative agreement that provides students who earn an associate degree in Nursing at CCAC with an academic pathway to seamlessly transfer into a parallel bachelor’s degree program at Ohio University that can be completed entirely online.

    The CCAC Board of Trustees approved a $121.4 million budget that provides for enrollment and retention initiatives, strategic initiatives, emergency funds and IT upgrades, funded through a modest tuition increase.

    The Community College of Allegheny County's Homewood-Brushton Center will partner with TRIO Student Support Services and the black art expo to host the center's second annual Juneteenth event on Wednesday, June 19, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The celebration will feature local entrepreneurs and their wares, a Divine 9 step exhibition, a dance team performance, spoken word tributes by CCAC students and community members, a live DJ, an art show, free food, and games and activities for children.

    The Community College of Allegheny County is the only institution between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg that offers a Paralegal Associate of Science Degree program, providing students with a great opportunity to enter a lucrative field. The program will be featured at CCAC’s Open House, which will be held at all eight campuses and centers on Wednesday, July 17, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    Community College of Allegheny County is one of seven community colleges partnering with General Motors (GM) to launch the GM Dealer Technician Scholarship, a program that can help students graduate debt-free with a two-year associate degree in Automotive Technology. CCAC is the only college in Pennsylvania participating in the program; the other six colleges are located in Ohio and Michigan.

    Braddock Hills Center - ribbon cutting

    The Community College of Allegheny County’s Braddock Hills Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony today to celebrate the grand reopening of the center following a wide-ranging renovation project. Located in the Braddock Hills Shopping Center, the center serves the communities of Braddock, Braddock Hills, Churchill, Edgewood, Forest Hills, North Braddock, Rankin, Swissvale, Turtle Creek, Wilkinsburg and Wilkins Township, among others.

    The Community College of Allegheny County's Allegheny Campus will host an "Introduction to Court Reporting" course. The three-week course is free; however, students need to register to attend. Classes will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 26 and July 10 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday, June 22, 29 and July 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Room 436 of Milton Hall at the Allegheny Campus on the Pittsburgh's North Side. Convenient, free parking is available.

    May 2019

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    For the second year in a row, Community College of Allegheny County golfer Ryan Skladany of Monroeville finished in first place at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XX Tournament, which was hosted by Butler County Community College at Oakview Golf Club in Slippery Rock May 20-21.

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    CCAC is the only institution between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg that offers an accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Associate of Science Degree program, providing students with a unique opportunity to enter a well-paying field with two years or less of affordable training.

    Two high school students from Lenape Technical School in Ford City have won the 2019 GPADA/CCAC Automotive Competition Part 2 held at the Community College of Allegheny County.

    "I'm proud to proclaim May 22, 2019, as "FireVEST 10th Anniversary Day" in Allegheny County. In Spring 2009, CCAC, Allegheny County, and its Fire Academy began working together to offer the Fire Volunteer Education, Service & Training Scholarship Program (FireVEST), which offers 200 scholarships a year for new recruits and existing volunteers in exchange for commitments of service to a volunteer fire department in the county."

    CCAC Class of 2019

    The Community College of Allegheny County conferred degrees, certificates and diplomas on nearly 600 graduates at its 52nd annual commencement ceremony held Thursday, May 16, at the Petersen Events Center in Oakland. A gathering of approximately 3,000 students, family members, faculty, staff and other guests attended to recognize the participating graduates. A total of 2,414 CCAC students were candidates for graduation.

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    Robert Piemme, a student at Community College of Allegheny County's Allegheny Campus, is one of 61 recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The highly competitive national scholarship will provide Piemme with up to $40,000 annually for a maximum of three years to complete his bachelor's degree.

    The Community College of Allegheny County is expanding its evening, weekend and online class offerings to give students the benefit of a flexible schedule that fits with their lifestyle. Ideal for individuals who have jobs or juggle busy family routines, the classes enable students to further their educational goals on their own time.

    Community College of Allegheny County student Ashley Szymkowiak of Plum Borough has been selected to participate in Phi Theta Kappa's International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP). As an ISLP scholar, Szymkowiak will receive a $1,000 scholarship to participate in the Delegation on Medicine & Science study abroad program in Australia from May 19-26.

    The Community College of Allegheny County's West Hills Center will hold a car cruise on Saturday, May 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.* The event is open to the general public, and individuals are invited to show all types of vehicles, including antique, classic and vintage cars.

    April 2019

    PITTSBURGH-What began as a partnership between the Community College of Allegheny County and the Northgate School District to offer some Northgate students the chance to earn a certificate or associate degree through the College in High School Program (CIHS) has now been expanded to enable all Northgate students to participate in college-level coursework while in high school.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will host an eight-hour program for current health care providers and students interested in witnessing an autopsy of a human cadaver at the Allegheny Campus auditorium on Saturday, April 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CCAC President Dr. Quintin Bullock will give opening remarks at 9:00 a.m.

    CCAC Lobby Day 2019 at State Capitol

    Exceptional Community College of Allegheny County students were honored as members of the 25th Annual All-Pennsylvania Academic Team at an awards banquet on Monday, April 8, in Harrisburg. The awards, presented by the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, recognize community college students who have achieved excellence and demonstrated a commitment to their colleges and communities.

    CCAC Film Center Ribbon Cutting 2019

    CCAC South Campus held a ribbon cutting ceremony today to celebrate the opening of its new Film Center, which will house the campus’ rapidly growing Film Technician program.

    CCAC South Campus will kick off spring with a festive Medieval Faire on Wednesday, April 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The faire, which is open to the college community and the general public, will feature a wide variety of educational displays, entertainment and hands-on activities, including medieval period games, arts and crafts, music and dance, jousting and fencing demonstrations, a spinning wheel demonstration, a replica catapult—and much more.

    March 2019

    Community College of Allegheny County student Dylan Yee of Bethel Park is one of only 15 students nationwide and the only one in Pennsylvania to receive Phi Theta Kappa's 2019 Guistwhite Scholarship. Guistwhite Scholars are chosen based on academic achievement, leadership accomplishment, and engagement in Phi Theta Kappa programs. The awardees were selected by a panel of independent judges from more than 2,000 applicants.

    Community College of Allegheny County student Surbhi Sharma is one of only 10 students nationwide and the only one in Pennsylvania to receive Phi Theta Kappa's 2019 Hites Transfer Scholarship, the society's most prestigious and largest scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to Phi Theta Kappa members who are preparing to transfer to a bachelor's degree-granting college or university.

    The Community College of Allegheny County was proud to receive a 2018 Innovation of the Year Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College. Presented last month at the League's Innovation Conference in New York City, the awards were granted to 46 community colleges across the nation for outstanding innovations that serve community college students.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will host Open Houses at all eight of its locations on Wednesday, April 3, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This free event welcomes all prospective students, their family members and friends.